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  • Remember the Jetsons? Remember all the great futuristic gadgets and devices they had to simplify life? Remember George Jetson receiving a videoconference call from his boss , Mr. Spacely, right as he had dozed off for a nap? Well, ready or not, those Jetson -style days are here and have been here for a while even in the classroom. A quick look at the early videoconference tools – videophone and picturephone it was called. Captain Kirk videoconference – I can’t find a picture :i(
  • For decades, we've seen videoconferencing depicted as the technology of the future. But while videoconferencing has been around for years, it hadn't offered the quality or convenience George Jetson or Captain Kirk would expect. BUT now those two might be happy. B TW - The first Picturephone test system, built in 1956, was crude - it transmitted an image only once every two seconds. But by 1964 a complete experimental system, the "Mod 1," had been developed. To test it, the public was invited to place calls between special exhibits at Disneyland and the New York World's Fair. In both locations, visitors were carefully interviewed afterward by a market research agency.   People, it turned out, didn't like Picturephone. The equipment was too bulky, the controls too unfriendly, and the picture too small. But the Bell System was convinced that Picturephone was viable. Trials went on for six more years. In 1970, commercial Picturephone service debuted in downtown Pittsburgh and AT&T executives confidently predicted that a million Picturephone sets would be in use by 1980. I (Sandy) was musing on that the other day while reading an article in Communications Daily which said "Four decades after the 1964 World's Fair in New York unveiled the first picture phone, cable operators, equipment manufacturers, other tech vendors and independent phone providers are gearing up to introduce broadband videophone service to consumers."
  • CLICK ON PICTURES – Jericho Middle School New York and OTHERS.
  • ISDN Multipoints okay mention. No traffic concerns.
  • Like banks etc. FBI
  • We at home use iChat a lot. It's the number one, best home videoconferencing unit. I've used it in meetings, too, but for class/large group use, she/he will need the Polycom/Tandberg solution. iChat works well one-on-one and would be fine for a class to homebound but that's about it.
  • Can record videoconferencing. Allow the media specialist to schedule a video to one or many classrooms simultaneously Capture a play, concert, game or meeting for distribution via the web Allow a teacher to record her/his message to parents for them to view via the web Stream a captured video (like from United) to a classroom or a student on demand Stream a class to a homebound student synchronously
  • Microphone is integrated
  • Microphone is external Max Transfer Rate768

CTAPVidConf_000.ppt CTAPVidConf_000.ppt Presentation Transcript

  • Video Conferencing Fundamentals a.k.a Videoconferencing 101 Jim Freese, CTAP Region IV Linda Uhrenholt, SBC Education Advocate
  • Remember George Jetson?
  • Early Video Conference – Picturephones
  • Things to Discuss
    • What is Videoconferencing?
    • Why videoconference?
    • Types of videoconferencing
    • Equipment & Set-up
    • Preparation
    • Etiquette & Procedures
    • Curriculum Enhancement
    • Other
  • What is Videoconferencng?
    • Videoconferencing technology allows people at two or more locations to see and hear each other at the same time……..
  • …… ..Examples
  • Why Video Conference?
    • Courses, Lessons and Tutoring
    • Virtual Field Trips
    • Multi-School Projects
    • International Projects
    • Pull in an Expert
    • Community Events
    • Professional Activities
  • Types of Video Conferencing
    • ISDN -Point to Point dial up
    • IP - Goes over a Broadband Internet connection
  • Network Choices
    • Circuit Switched: 64K per call
    Advantage: Call anywhere in the world Disadvantage: Pay by the minute Dial-up network
  • Network Choices
    • TCP/IP (LAN)
    Advantage: Free within the LAN, WAN line sharing Disadvantage: LAN contention, bandwidth hog Dial-up Network
    • Private (Leased) Line
    Network Choices Advantage: High Bandwidth, fixed cost Disadvantage: Only “Point A” to “Point B” Private Line
  • The California K-12 High Speed Network
    • California K-12 High Speed Network
    • http://www.k12hsn.org
    • K12video.org
  • IP Video Conferencing
    • Dial-up IP to IP
      • Dedicated equipment
      • Professional services
    • Server Based
      • AIM, iChat, Netmeeting, iVisit, SightSpeed etc.
  • Management & Storage of Archived Events
  • Play with the Big Boys
    • Yes, Polycom has two shoestring solutions.
    • Polycom ViaVideo - $600
    • Polycom PVX - $150
  • Polycom PVX
    • Low Cost
    • Works with your PC and USB Web Cam
    • Custom Polycom Software
  • Polycom ViaVideo
    • High Quality Camera
    • Multimedia Processor
    • Custom Polycom Software
    • Works with your PC
  • What Will YOU Be Getting? Polycom V500
    • Sits atop any television and uses a television-like remote control.
    • Connect to your Cable, DSL, LAN or ISDN network
    • Delivers natural, smooth motion video and crystal-clear audio in a convenient and compact design
    • Features data-sharing support so schools can receive slides and other content during a video call.
  • What Will YOU Be Getting? Polycom VXS 6000
    • Built-in IP network connectivity allows for seamless integration of group video conferencing into existing networks
    • Set-top system includes all of the basics for video conferencing.
  • iChat- Apple
    • OSX based system
    • Apples version of AIM free
    • iSight or USB or Firewire webcam
    • Compatible with AOL Instant Messenger Video
    • Upcoming version supports multiple connections http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/ichat.html
  • AOL IM Video
    • PC based system
    • AIM is free
    • USB webcam
    • Compatible with Apples iChat AV
  • SightSpeed
    • Multiplatform
    • USB, Firewire Web Cam or iSight
    • Free & Subscription versions
    • Multi Users
    • Works over many firewalls
  • Video Conference Planning
    • Checklist & Planning Guide
      • In packet
    • Test, test and test
    • Lights and sound
      • Lighting helps
      • Audio feedback and noise
    • http://uwtvproduction.org/convergence.html
      • Great streaming video about planning! Scroll down to Videoconference Zone . .
  • 6 Tips
    • Colors: clothes, color coding, color discussions
    • Breaks, breakouts, and briefs
    • Lunches and labs
    • Engaging quieter students
    • Guest presenters
    • Pre-course tools, communications, and assignments.
  • Tip #1: Colors
    • Clothes
      • Wear bright colors and invite students to wear VC-friendly colors (Blues, Violets, Pinks…even orange!)
      • Point out which colors and patterns to avoid, such as shirts that are all-white or wild, checkered sweaters.
    • Color Coding
      • Consider colored name tents to see student names and category (type project, subject)
    • Color discussions
      • Back drops, wall colors, signage.
  • Tip #2: Breaks, Breakouts, and Briefs
    • Breaks
      • Exercise breaks
      • Rotate seats, so different groups get to “center stage” from time to time.
    • Breakouts
      • Small group assignments (10-15 minutes)
    • Briefs
      • Mini-presentations by small groups
      • Student introductions
      • Student project “snap shots” (1 minute max)
  • Tip #3: Lunches and Labs
    • Lunches
      • If class is on either side of a lunch break, consider running mini-film festivals on supporting information. (History or Literature classes w/ snippets of classics on video, Documentaries, etc.)
      • Labs
      • Schedule labs in campus computing centers for exercises supporting classroom discussion.
    • Lunches and/or Labs
      • Combine lunch and lab times for student and teacher flexibility. (Loop films to run and re-run)
  • Tip #4: Engaging Quiet Students
    • Breakout assignments
      • Charge breakout groups with identifying fellow students that haven’t had as much opportunity to participate -- have them give group “readouts” as group’s video spokesperson
    • “ Distant Stars”
      • Rotate remote point-persons for distributing handouts, collecting assignments, faxing sign-in sheet.
  • Tip #5: Guest Presenters
    • Invite colleagues or students from other schools to bridge into videoconference.
    • Reserve a spot for public if attending
    • Presentations - no lectures, please!
      • 50% presentation 50% Q & A
  • Tip #6: Pre-course Tools, Communications, and Assignments.
    • Tools (Website with syllabus, class rules, readings, recommended URLs, etc.)
    • Communications (E-mail, Listserv, ClassChat)
    • Assignments
  • PLAN “B” rolling blackouts, V.I.P. tours, construction crews, etc.
    • Class needs to know what to do/where to go if connection goes down, one site is evacuated, or other unforeseen event.
    • Supplemental Communications
      • E-mail, Listserv, chat
      • Website assignments
    • Lab and Library work
    • Break out sessions
  • Videoconference Links
      • Videoconference Hotlist
      • http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/fil/pages/listvideo.html
      • Polycom: http://polycom.com
      •   iChat: http://www.apple.com/ichat/
      • SightSpeed: http://www.sightspeed.com/
      • AIM(at AOL): http://aimtoday.aol.com/features/main_redesign.adp?fid=video_im
      •   NetMeeting: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/netmeeting/
      • Yahoo!Messenger http://messenger.yahoo.com
      • iVisit: http://www.ivisit.com
  • Thanks!
    • Are you ready for some videoconferencing? In the words of Dr. Phi “Let’s do it!” 